After reading the news that the San Diego Opera was shuttering down after 49 years, I couldn’t help but marvel at the Chicago Lyric Opera’s fiscal prudence in filling its productions with current and past Ryan Opera Center members. Ok, so they haven’t bust their budget hiring all the international opera stars.
Yet, it’s undeniable the thrills that true operatic stars bring to the stage. Whenever Joyce Didonato as Sesto or Matthew Polenzani as Tito opened their mouth, the atmosphere in the hushed opera house was electric. Glorious!
Great way to finish up Chicago’s season. And I’m excited that I’ll get the chance to hear Didonato again in just over a month, this time in NYC (barring flight cancellations).